Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women in Gippsland
A Gippsland partnership approach
The Gippsland Free from Violence Coalition (GFFVC) works to reduce and prevent violence against women and their children within the Gippsland Region. The Coalition is directed by a Strategic Leadership group that includes membership from across the Gippsland Family violence sector, various related government and non-government partners and local community groups. The Coalition’s mission is to create and sustain, through advocacy and primary prevention, communities across Gippsland that promote and contribute to the prevention of violence against women and their children. The Coalition’s vision is of an inclusive and equitable Gippsland that values women and men equally and allows for equal participation and access to resources at all levels of community.
2017/18 Strategy Objectives
- Increase social, structural and individual support for gender equality in public and private life, in principle and in practice, across a diverse range of organisations and communities in Gippsland.
- Equalise access to power and resources between women and men by strengthening women’s social, economic and civic participation in Gippsland’s organisations and communities.
- Encourage and support organisations, communities and individuals in Gippsland to reject rigid gender roles, identities and practices
- Promote positive, equal and respectful relationships between women and men, girls and boys, in all contexts of life in Gippsland (societally, organisationally, within communities, and interpersonally)
Strategy Documents and Forms
- Action plan 2017/2018 under the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention grant.
- Terms of Reference Gippsland PMVAW Steering Committee
- Action Plan 2016
- Gippsland PMVAW Strategy Evaluation Report 2013 – 2015
- Strategy Program Logic 2013 – 2015
- Application for Membership
Guiding Strategies and Frameworks
Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response outlines the Victorian Government’s long-term vision and plan for the workforces that prevent and respond to family violence. (released Dec 2017)
Safe and Strong Victoria’s Gender Equality Strategy sets out a framework for enduring and sustained action over time.
Free From Violence Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of Violence against Women.
Family Violence Rolling Action Plan 2017–2020 Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change (the 10 Year Plan) outlines a vision for a future where Victorians live free from family violence.
Our Watch, Australia’s National body for the prevention of violence against women and thier children.
- Change the story: A national shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and thier children in Australia.
- Putting the prevention of violence against women in practice: How to Change the Story Handbook.
Make the Link Campaign
Make the Link is our social engagement campaign which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the root causes of men’s violence against women and offer practical ways everybody can be active bystanders and make a difference in their sphere of influence.
After extensive consultation and focus group work, the three (3) ‘Make the Link’ posters were finalised and launched on International Women’s Day March 8, 2015. Online and offline distribution of the posters continues to grow, including secondary schools, grassroots campaigns, international organisations, women’s health organisations and health clinics.
MATE Bystander Leadership
The MATE (Formerly Mentors in Violence Prevention, MVP) Leadership program for the prevention of violence from Griffith University, is a key component of the Gipspalnd PMVAW Strategy. Train the Trainer sessions have been held in 2014, 2015 and in 2017. The Regional Prevention Steering Committee identified that the MATE program should continue to be expanded on and rolled-out across Gippsland, with a committed to directly increasing the number of facilitators of this program within the Gippsland region.
MATE (MVP) was introduced to the community as part of International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women/White Ribbon Day Events during November 2014. We have partnered with the Gippsland shire councils, local organisations and community groups to host sessions across the region. It continues to be rolled out, for more information of the MATE session continue reading here.
2013-2015 saw four broad activity areas will guide Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women and their Children within the Gippsland region. These included:
- partnerships activity
- leadership & advocacy
- organisational & workforce development
- community strengthening
The Strategy ensured that men are involved as change agents in the promotion, delivery and coordination of the identified preventative actions/interventions. To achieve this, initiatives were developed to ensure men, alongside women, are involved as equal participants and leaders in the prevention of gendered based violence.
Other Activity Areas
Paving the Way: a workplace project
A workplace approach to preventing men’s violence against women and their children with Baw Baw and Wellington Shire Councils. Various activities have been completed under the Paving the Way banner including:
- Masters Research Project Staff perceptions of barriers and enablers to becoming involved in workplace based initiatives to end men’s violence against women and children’ which involved focus groups with staff at Baw Baw and Wellington Councils.
- Family Violence and the Workplace Training
Conducted in Wellington and Baw Baw Shires Councils.
- Establishment of a Baw Baw Community Action Working Group ‘Our Watch Our Issue’ includes representatives from Government, GippSport, Victoria Police, Warragul Gazette, APEX, Warragul
Community Church, Warragul Community House, Olivia’s
Place, Women in Gippsland and interested community
- Mentors in Violence Prevention training held with Baw Baw Shire staff and ‘Our Watch Our Issue’ members.
- Gender Equity Audit conducted at Wellington and Baw Baw Shire.
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Gippsland Women’s Health is NOT a crisis centre. If you are in a violent situation, know someone who is experiencing violence, or know someone who is using violence, please refer to the key contacts listed here.